How it Works
Cannabidiol ( CBD) is a substance that is found in a cannabis plant. Unlike its counterpart THC that creates a ‘buzz,’ CBD is not a psychoactive stimulus, but rather provides your pet with a calming sensation and pain-relieving sensations without harming them with potential intoxicating effects.
You may be interested to know that both humans and pets have the same endogenous cannabinoid system. CBD acts by targeting these receptors located in the brain, organs, central nervous system, and immune cells that stimulate relaxing effects.
Benefits of CBD for Pets
The benefits of using CBD for your pet is incredible, with more and more people seeking the treatment for their furry friends. Products containing this substance have opened up a whole new world for pet care and those who believe in natural remedies.
Treats Seizures and Epilepsy
Many pet owners turn to CBD when their canine suffers from seizures and epilepsy. High levels of CBD can manage your pet’s seizures. Over time, it has been known to reduce the frequency of them, and in some cases get rid of the seizures altogether.
Relieves Chronic Pain/Arthritis
Even pets can’t escape arthritis, but CBD can help with that. Arthritis is the inflammation of joints that cause aching, pain, and other degenerative illnesses. As CBD is a pain reliever, it targets these aching joints and gives your pet relief. Not only that, but it soothes the chronic inflammation that prevents your pet from healing properly.
When a pet loses their appetite, it can be hard to know the reason why. Majority of the time, however, they lose it due to nausea. As a human, we won’t eat when we feel like that unless we take something to alleviate the digestive issue and receive pain relief. CBD can do this for your pet.
If you have ever suffered from anxiety, then you know that it is awful, and it would be the same for your pet too. Many pets suffer from anxiety and have been known to be depressed and extremely anxious in certain situations, such as when their owner leaves. This can result in destructive behaviors such as chewing objects, urinating, pacing, and more. CBD helps because it is a relaxing stimulant that calms your pet.
Unfortunately, pets can get cancer too, and when they do they have symptoms of nausea, loss of appetite, and chronic pain.
CBD allows your pet to feel comfortable during those difficult times and helps to reduce the side effects that cancer can have on your pet.
Pet owners are also giving their pets small doses of CBD daily as it has been proven to aid in preventing and killing cancer by:
- Helping the immune system to kill cancer cells
- Blocks the cancer cells ability to produce energy
- Contains anti-tumor properties
Helps All Types of Diseases
The majority of diseases in pets all result in the same types of symptoms – chronic pain, nausea, loss of appetite, change in behavior, etc. CBD is an all-around stimulant that can help your pet relax and alleviate pain in troubling times.
Some diseases that CBD helps with includes:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Autoimmune Disease
- Neurodegenerative Disease
- Cardiovascular Disease
When thinking about CBD for your pet, you should first understand the difference between marijuana and hemp. Firstly, they both come from the same cannabis sativa plant, however, have different properties and results.
Marijuana – is the buds, leaves, and resin of the cannabis plant and are a high source of a substance called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This what results in a psychoactive effect in humans, or in other terms, getting ‘high.’
Hemp – is the rest of the plant. This part of the plant contains less than 3% of tetrahydrocannabinol but does contain a substance called cannabidiol ( CBD). Cannabidiol activated receptor sites in the body’s endocannabinoid system.
FAQ on Cannabidiol for Pets
Are Cannabinoids Good for My Pet?
CBD products are absolutely safe for your pet as they are non-toxic and offers a relaxing stimulant and pain-relief effects. Cannabinoids come from the hemp oil (or hemp seed oil) and leave out most if not all of the THC making it a safe supplement for your pet.
How Do I Know if my Product is Organic?
If your CBD product isn’t organic, it could contain substances such as pesticides, fungicides, toxins, and/or solvents. We provide third=party lab reports for each batch we produce all of our products.
Will it Give my Pets a ‘Buzz?’
No, CBD products are not a psychoactive agent, meaning that they do not contain the substance THC that causes this reaction. Marijuana comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa with the active ingredient THC, but CBD is a relaxant and pain-relief agent and non-psychotropic.
The majority of products will have the recommended dosage on them, but it’s best to start with the lowest amount possible to see how your pet reacts to the substance. Gradually increase this every 5 days until the desired effect is seen.
CBD is beneficial in so many ways for your pets, from hamsters to horses, and with zero side effects, you have nothing to lose, and your pet has everything to gain.
About the Author, Dana Scott
Dana Scott is the Founder and CEO of Dogs Naturally Magazine. She also breeds award winning Labrador Retrievers under the Fallriver prefix. Dana has been a raw feeding, natural rearing breeder since the 90’s and is a sought after speaker and outspoken advocate for natural health care for dogs and people. Dana works tirelessly to educate pet owners so they can influence veterinary medicine and change current vaccine, food and preventive health practices.